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Dec 28th 2019 at 1:41:03 PM

Fat Cat is just a cat that is fat, without any narrative meaning or purpose. The majority of the examples are ZCE, only listing character names and the work those characters appea in, without any further explanation (barring some Word Cruft). Some examples show that the character is also a Fat Bastard, Fat Idiot, Fat Comic Relief, and especially Big Eater who happens to be a cat, but that's still not much to go by.

I propose we cut the page and work whatever stereotypes there are about fat cats into Cat Stereotype.

Wick Check (for 72 wicks):

A) No context beyond "the character is a fat cat" (44 examples).

    No Context 

B) The only context is that the fat cat is also a Big Eater (6 examples).

    The character is a Big Eater 

C) A character fits another trope from the High Fat Index and happens to be a cat (6 examples).

    Other High Fat Index tropes 

D) The cat's weight is discussed (5 examples):

    Weight is discussed 

E) The cat's weight is an actual plot point (3 examples):

    Actual Plot Point 
  • Atomic Betty: Purrsy becomes one in "Eternal Elixir" as a result of Betty's mom constantly spoiling him with junk food. She does put him on a diet in the episode, but has little success.
  • Nature Cat: Ronald's weight becomes the focus of "The Legend of the Gold Gardens" where he proves to be too out of shape to climb a mountain, and only barely gets past the obstacles before it.
  • Little Busters!: Rin's cat Dorj is fat enough that any baseballs that hit him during practice don't hurt him like the other cats, but instead bounce back to Riki.

F) Other context (7 examples):

    Other 

G) Context that makes no sense for someone who does not know the work (1 example):

    Unclear Context 
  • Atomic Puppet: Bubbles is a fat cat "in the eyes of the whole family except Phil".

Edited by Snicka on Dec 29th 2019 at 9:43:08 PM

Berrenta Just walking along from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
Just walking along
Jan 3rd 2020 at 7:46:04 AM

Wick check looks good, so opened for discussion.

Motion to euthanize...er I mean cut.

Edited by Berrenta on Jan 3rd 2020 at 9:46:15 AM

Larkmarn Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
Jan 3rd 2020 at 8:29:43 AM

I think this can probably be rolled into the Cats Are Lazy trope, since they tend to go hand-in-hand (as a lazy cat does nothing but eat and sleep, thus getting, well, fat).

Brainulator9 Short-Term Projects herald from US Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
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Jan 3rd 2020 at 9:44:39 AM

I'm all for reorganizing examples to better tropes where relevant.

Contains 20% less fat than the leading value brand!
naturalironist from The Information Superhighway Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 3rd 2020 at 11:10:58 AM

Merge [tup]

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GastonRabbit Frequent Serial Tweaker from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Frequent Serial Tweaker
Jan 3rd 2020 at 11:16:07 AM

I have a fat cat. He likes to sit on chairs.

Merge with Cats Are Lazy.

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Berrenta Just walking along from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
Just walking along
Jan 3rd 2020 at 3:18:57 PM

Now that I think about it, merging into Cats Are Lazy sounds like a solid idea.

bitemytail from Arizona Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Jan 3rd 2020 at 3:23:35 PM

Merge

Health sure is versatile. It's possible to be both light-headed and dim-witted. At the same time, no less.
Jan 4th 2020 at 4:20:36 AM

The merge is a good idea, but only for cats who are actually lazy. Some examples are not characterized by laziness, but rather villainy or gluttony. Still, those examples should just go under Fat Bastard and Big Eater.

Berrenta MOD Just walking along from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
Just walking along
Jan 4th 2020 at 6:38:54 AM

That's a good amount of votes. Time to merge into Cats Are Lazy.

If anyone wants to pitch in regarding wicks, here you go So far, I only transferred one wick, the rest did not denote laziness. A couple, meanwhile, were cut down for other reasons or moved to another trope.

Edited by Berrenta on Jan 4th 2020 at 10:56:00 AM

WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 4th 2020 at 12:23:36 PM

Cleaned out the Main/ wicks, down to 134. Most I had to cut outright, as they were just potholed character names or "X is a Fat Cat".

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GastonRabbit Frequent Serial Tweaker from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
Frequent Serial Tweaker
Jan 4th 2020 at 12:44:11 PM

Got some of the wicks, and I also had to torch some of them because this is a ZCE magnet that doesn't always overlap with Cats Are Lazy. Some wicks just turn "fat cat" into a wiki word.

Out of curiosity, what are we doing with on-page examples before we cut this or turn it into a redirect?

Edited by GastonRabbit on Jan 4th 2020 at 2:44:43 PM

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Brainulator9 Short-Term Projects herald from US Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
Short-Term Projects herald
Jan 4th 2020 at 1:46:46 PM

[up] Let's sort through them and cut any ZCEs while moving appropriate examples to other tropes as appropriate unless doing so would be redundant.

Contains 20% less fat than the leading value brand!
Jan 4th 2020 at 2:01:57 PM

Sorry, I just have to share this, because I was cleaning and found this in The Room

Fat Cat: Or Fat Dog anyway. He bears a strong resemblance to a loaf of bread.

WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:03:06 PM

[up] [lol]

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GastonRabbit Frequent Serial Tweaker from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:14:00 PM

[up][up]I'm pretty sure Tropes Are Flexible doesn't go far enough that a fat dog counts as a fat cat.

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WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:16:16 PM

lol, here's my own found gem from Formerly Fit:

Edited by WarJay77 on Jan 4th 2020 at 5:19:55 AM

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GastonRabbit Frequent Serial Tweaker from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:20:55 PM

There were only two salvageable on-page examples. One's a duplicate of a Lazy Neutered Pet example, and I moved the other to Cats Are Lazy. Anyway, the redirect is in place.

Edited by GastonRabbit on Jan 4th 2020 at 4:24:47 AM

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WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:27:53 PM

Okay, one of the potholes was on WesternAnimation.Heathcliff And The Catillac Cats, as a character-name pothole in the image-caption. Dunno what we can change it to; it's now the only name without a pothole.

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WarJay77 :D from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jan 4th 2020 at 2:30:00 PM

[up] Sure, why not? The Protagonist it is.

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Berrenta Just walking along from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
Just walking along
Jan 4th 2020 at 2:41:56 PM

Had a similar issue with a different work page that had the pothole in the caption.

I did find a replacement to use, though: the character was also listed as a Big Eater.


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